and who are we?

Landstylist is changing the status quo by making thoughtful landscape design accessible. This is a highly curated resource of hand-picked elements, and our ideas about all of them, in order to help you assemble your garden in a way that is functional, sustainable, and of course, beautiful.

Julie Farris

Founder + Editor


Julie Farris lives and works in New York City. A native New Yorker, Julie received her BA from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York and her MLA from Harvard University Graduate School of Design in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 

She has worked at several large firms in New York City, including M. Paul Friedberg and Partners and Balmori Associates. In 2005, she founded a studio, XS Space LLC, and completed a temporary landscape/multi-media installation entitled Temporary Landscape: A Pasture for Urban Space in the Columbia Waterfront District in Brooklyn. In 2007 she worked in collaboration with Balmori Associates and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to complete an 8,000 square foot public space, Urban Meadow, which is now a permanent park located in Red Hook, Brooklyn. In 2009 she collaborated with artist Sarah Wayland-Smith and The Public Art Fund to build a temporary landscape installation in Tribeca. Currently, her work has focuses on international projects in Rwanda, Nepal and Panama as well as residential landscapes on the east end of Long Island and townhouse landscapes in New York City.

Her work has appeared in numerous publications and books, including The New York Times, Architectural Digest, Landscape Architecture Magazine, Ladies' Home Journal, The Architect’s Newspaper, The New York Post, Gardenista and the publication, Design Brooklyn, and recently featured in the book, Gardenista . Julie served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and was Co-Founder of The Big Future Group, an interdisciplinary design firm working in countries in need. 

Mark Thomann

Contributing Editor

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Mark directs wHY’s GROUNDs Workshop. The Grounds Workshop is an imaginative landscape and urban design studio that collaborates with architects, urban planners, and artists worldwide. Prior to joining wHY, Mark was a partner and design director with Balmori Associates and landscape director with WORK Architecture Company. He recently won an international competition, The Ross Pavillion, a prominent Park located in Edinburgh, Scotland.

His ability to lead conceptual design, development and management is evidenced in numerous international award winning projects and strategic plans, including the Campa de los Ingleses Park at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, the Masterplan and vision for Public Administration Town, a new administrative city of Sejong, Korea, the Gabon Conference Center and Gardens in Gabon, Africa with WORKac,  as well as the winning Rebuild By Design competition project “Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge” with OMA for a comprehensive strategy for a resilient and sustainable Hoboken, NJ.

Mark received his MLA in Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Fine Arts  and a Bachelors degree in Political Science and Peace & Conflict Studies from the College of the Holy Cross.  He previously worked with Ken Smith Landscape Architect (NY) and Ohtori Consultants (Japan). He has faculty appointments at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design and Columbia University GSAPP.